It’s back-to-school season: time for parents & kids to get back into learning.
It’s easy to hand over the iPad at home, but how do you ensure that there is an appropriate and educational balance between the digital and real worlds? Combine them! This could be as simple as helping your child find answers online to questions such as “What is a tornado?” – pictures, videos, and even tracking an actual storm. You can also use Google Maps to view places or landmarks that the child knows (ex. school or Eiffel Tower). If children are proficient enough they can navigate through Paris once you get them started! There are also many online resources that enhance offline play. For example, my child watches videos with step-by-step building instructions for specific LEGO vehicles (these can be found in my app, PlayCorner TV), then he builds the vehicle, quicker and with his own improvements. LEGO’s help develop problem-solving and motor skills, while using video builds research skills:obtaining information and applying it to problems. Ultimately, you can help your child optimize learning by using the Internet the way it should be used: as an additional resource.
By Madeleine Funes